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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / late ELMM resolution bracelet on: February 07, 2008 10:20:54 AM
i was inspired by the challenge.  my sister wanted one too.   i was frustrated by the clear stretch beading cord.  i ended up using crimp cylinders to rig it closed.  but considering they are my first ever real beaded bracelets, hey, not that bad.
ELMM= eat less more move

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / ROAR! "stretch bead cord" knot??? yea, Right! UGH! on: February 06, 2008 07:43:53 PM
i just need to make a couple of little stretchy bracelets.  picked up some clear "stretch bead cord" at everyone's fav megamart.  the knot diagram on the back makes my brain hurt.   and every square knot, double square knot, and sturgeon knot i;ve tried, just unravel as soon as you let go.
the closest i got was a double square knot, but as soon as it moved, it came loose. Tongue
it seems like a good material to use, but UGH...how do i knot this crap! Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ultra Mega Super EASY Peasy Nintendo DS case on: January 31, 2008 05:49:49 PM
sprouts needed something to put their babysitter, uh, i mean nintendo ds's in to carry them.

i found these plastic 3x5 index card holders at the dollar store.   cut slits in the back.  threaded an existing belt through one, made a simple simple belt for the other.

ta-da!  can be worn on the waist or the shoulder.  nintendo fits perfect with room for games and ear-buds.
(now i need to make something to put the game cartridges in, so they arent just loose.)

14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / UPDATE: roller skate and crossbones stencil ON SHIRT! [lotsa img] on: January 28, 2008 05:29:46 PM
Thanks all.  so this is what i did?  i LOVE it!  i used the velveteen paint (which is freaky if you haven't used it before).  stenciling on thermals...that was new for me.  very diff than regular shirts.  what looks like bleeding around the stencil is actually just the texture of the shirt plus the puffy paint

before puffing

after puffing with steam

which do you like best?  i can't decide.

you'll have to refer to an old post about my broken leg to understand.   Wink
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / SWEATY gramma to SWEET glam on: December 04, 2007 09:15:29 PM
took an old poly blend tie and ruffle up to your ears blouse and moved a few things around.    Wink


16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / knee socks to cast cover!!!! on: November 27, 2007 12:54:15 PM
here is the loooong and gory story of how i got here  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208847.msg2235861#msg2235861)

but its cold out, and my toes are cold, and even under the cast gets chilly.  whats a craftster to do you ask?   why, take two knee socks, morph them together into one super sized sock, and perfect! cozy toes and cast!  and it stays on!  its it looks pretty cool!

PS>  here is a link to the crutches i also crafted!
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / look what crochet can do for CRUTCHES! on: November 27, 2007 12:49:34 PM
No broken leg is gonna keep ME from crafting..
(here is the loong story, complete with gory pics:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208847.msg2235861#msg2235861)

so i set out to have fun crutches.  started with random stickers, but many didnt saty stuck, and well, it looked too random.  then i tried to make fabric covers.  but the fabric i chose just ended up looking clownish.
then the lightbulb went off.  i remembered those crocheted hangers from, what, like 1978 or something.   
so i basically just chained over the crutches, alterating the working yarn front and back so that it wrapped.
its three strands of rather whimpy, but lovely, yarn.  and the bags and covers are sewn from scraps.

18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Roller Derby Girl Costume...gone SERIOUSLY serious BAD (img big un...and gross) on: November 18, 2007 10:14:18 PM
[weak stomachs need not scroll down too far]

I crafted the hell out of my costume, then the doctor got to craft the hell out of my ankle.

I stenciled the front and back. Roller Mama.  Miss Arthura T. 13. (here is the back: )) Reconned the whole thing. Skirt from a satin bed ruffle.  nice white leather skates FREE, frikkin, FREE from craigslist.  I had practiced.

We set out with the four sprouts.  Went up and around the block.  I was doing fashionably well.  Four houses from home.  Sprouts whining to get there.  One last house. I skated up onto the slightly sloped driveway. hit a pebble, perhaps. lost balance. foot turned to the outside, leg, well, not so much.  lets just say it was dangling.

BUT...but, all my fellow crafters, I would have made you proud.  calmly, i tell the spouse, i broke my ankle. no, its prolly just twisted. no, really, i heard it snap, i return.  please get me some water and something to splint it with.  he panicked. i remained cool. cucumberish, even.  somehow.
He returns with the car, and a glass of water, and no splint.  did i mention the foot dangled.  so what's a craftster to do?
i removed my elbow pads and fastened them around my ankle and shored it up from ther bottom with one of the knee pads.  on my own thank you very much.

i didnt start crying until we got there and they took some fat old lady back there who was complaining about being hungry who had a little bitty old twisted ankle. HA! 

so.  3 days in the hospital. surgery. plates. pins. screws. staples. lots of staples    nice, huh?
hey at least i have an interesting story!
and a pretty pink cast!

19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / MONKEY ears on a monkey hat! on: October 26, 2007 06:52:48 PM
so the actual hat was kniffty knitted, but i am more proud of the unpatterned crocheted EARS!  so here is goes.

(he is gonna be curious george for halloweenie, i've stencils him a shirt as well)

20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Thanks to Odd Dotty: a special dolly for my sprout on: October 11, 2007 10:00:42 AM
I took all of Odd Dotty's generous tips and completely stole her face design, and made my sprout a dolly.  She is wearing a dress that used to belong to this very sprout herself (altered in a little of course).

Dot, as I've named her in honor of her other mother, is about 16 inches tall.  Her hair is brown, with some pink and aqua tossed in.   She is in fact, just two sizes of a ball pattern.

Thanks again to Odd Dotty for her design inspiration.   Her dolls are WAY cuter! 

the boy sprout giving Miss Dot a kissy (to show her size)

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